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Progress report: 07.12.19

Thanks to everyone who has reached out or made time for us. Our first month has been a busy one.

Partnerships, support and plans are coming together for several events in Philadlephia over the next few months.

Next month, founder Jim MacMillan begins a residential fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, where a small but outstanding team of students will join the initiative.

Mark your calendars:

Next week: Behind the Headlines

Jim MacMillan has been invited to make a brief presentation to kick off an event hosted by the Germantown Info Hub, linked above. From the invitation:

"We’ll discuss how you would like to see gun violence in Germantown reported, and brainstorm what better coverage on these issues would look like and how to implement it. We’ll also discuss violence prevention efforts taking place in Germantown and beyond."

More info and registration link: Germantown Behind the Headlines: Covering Gun Violence

September: Making connections

The City of Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention will be supporting a collaborative violence-prevention event to be organized by The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting.

We will host a one-day “speed dating” workshop to bring Philadelphia residents impacted by gun violence together with journalists to ask questions and make suggestions for how better gun violence coverage could best serve the community and to make lasting connections for future collaboration.

We are honored to be partnering with Mothers in Charge, Resolve Philadelphia and The Coalition of Trauma Centers for Firearm Injury Prevention.

We're tentatively planning to gather on September 7 and hope to finalize details soon. (More info.)

November: Summit 2019

This fall, we will invite journalists, researchers and community stakeholders to come together in Philadelphia for a summit addressing the impact of news reporting on gun violence.

After the event, we will draft a preliminary set of best practices for covering community gun violence.

Then, we will collaborate with newsrooms on implementation, measure outcomes, refine processes and replicate what works. We hope to announce more complete plans in our next newsletter.

Meet us in Philadelphia. Photo via Wikipedia.

New knowledge:

We are grateful for having had the opportunity to attend two important conferences last month:

The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals held their annual Joint Threat Assessment Training at Jefferson University. And Jim got certified.

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism gathered thought leaders in development from news organizations large and small for the Lenfest Seminar: Fundraising in Journalism Edition!

Next month Jim MacMillan will be visiting the Missouri Foundation for Health for a gathering on "how to depolarize the issue and effectively frame conversations" about gun violence and prevention.

Jim MacMillan is on his way to the University of Missouri. Photo via Wikipedia.

Here's what you can do:

We are presently creating structures to gather testimonials and pledges, navigate more partnerships and accept tax-deductible donations.

Meanwhile, please share this newsletter with like-minded collaborators, tell the world what you think of our plan and drop us a line whenever you have questions or suggestions, or if you would like to get more involved.

Thank you,
The Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting


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